Author: Gabriella Edwards
Genre: Action and Adventure Romance
Publisher: Red Sage
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Five Heart Rating!!!
Quick read and action packed this novella features a feisty heroine and a sexy bad boy and lots of hot steamy sex.
Abandoning her role as the latest media pop tart, Emie Sinclair Douglas is ready to shed her skin and move on with her life. Knowing that it won’t be easy, she gathers her strength and takes her first step. She needs to face her demons and finally admit some dreams never come true. Security expert and former Texas Ranger, Josiah “Cut” Cutler made that perfectly clear when he had turned her away because she was too young to handle his passion. Now, after seven long years of self-imposed exile, it’s time to get him out of her system…or into her bed.
Be careful what you wish for… Coming home for a family wedding, Emie finds Cut waiting for her—willing and more than ready. She didn’t bargain on all the old feelings crashing down on her the minute he touches her. Nor did she expect her hard-won courage to melt away quicker than ice cream on hot asphalt at the sound of his sexy voice. She had counted on time—time to plan and gather her defenses against the blast of his attraction. Without them, she was doomed to succumb to his pull—again.
Cut never claimed to be a saint, but his control over the feelings he has harbored for Emie should earn him a vote for canonization. Until now. Now, Emie is fair game. She’s all grown up and looking more than ready for him. Biding his time, he had watched her go from one lover to another, playing the girl gone wild, sex-crazed socialite while he waited, wanting what she gave other men so freely. Now it was his turn, but with one tiny little snag. He needs answers to questions surrounding his brother’s death and he’ll stop at nothing to get them.
So what if he happens to entice information from Emie while making her scream in ecstasy—especially information on a mysterious woman rumored to have been with his brother when he died.
He believes Emie knows something and he’s not above using sex to get what he wants, even if what he wants turns out to be more than he expected or had ever anticipated. He needs to find this Esmeralda, and he believes Emie is the key.
Despite their separate agendas, Cut and Emie can only succumb to their sizzling desire and realize their hunger for each other is fueled by feelings from the past and a connection that is too strong to ignore. No longer the broken schoolgirl who had run from those emotions after Cut pushed her away, Emie still reels from their unexpected force. She had stayed away to heal and grow, but after only one night, the glaring reality hits her in the face: sex with Cut isn’t going to purge those feelings, or wash him from her soul. She had buried everything just beneath the surface while she tried to lose herself in high society’s social scene and pretend he didn’t exist. She should have stayed in Europe—away from him.
When Cut turned Emie away, he was simply denying what lay kindling the hot attraction running between them. He knew then what she could mean to him, but he wasn’t taking her innocence with the heat of his passion. She was too young and needed to grow up. Her running away proved that.
Keeping an eye on her had never been a hardship, but watching her grow into the woman she had become, without staking his claim, had nearly taken all his control. He wanted her and he would have her. But he isn’t prepared for the blow to his gut when he discovers Emie is more than just a bored socialite who mingled with the right people.
Now, Cut has to decide between turning his back on his brother’s murder or denying himself the love of his life. A love he’d never experienced before...until Emie.
About the author:
Gabriella Edwards grew up with two older sisters who loved romance. Naturally, following them everywhere led her to inherit their love for the genre, especially Harlequin Romances. But soon enough, her tastes ranged to grittier, sexier romances.
After discovering the glory of eBooks and the instant gratification they provide, she enthusiastically started investing in what she likes to call “researching the market” for her writing despite her husband’s grumbling something about feeding her addiction.
Gabriella spends her time in Ohio with three cats, her husband, and a beautiful daughter who thinks the world of her (especially when chocolate is involved.) When she’s not at her day job, she’s writing or chasing the bulimic cat around the house trying to keep him off the rugs. It’s such a mess!
by: Gabriella Edwards
Red Sage Publishing
$2.50 e-book novella
Emie had lusted after Cut for years, but when he turned her down, it was more than she could bear. Running away to Europe seemed like a good idea at the time, but even after seven years, she was unable to get the man out of her thoughts. Coming home for her father's wedding meant she'd get to see him again, but she wasn't sure if she was dreading it...or looking forward to it.
Cut had wanted Emie when she first came to him, but he turned her away because she was too young. Although it about killed him to do it, he knew it was the right decision. But having to spend seven years watching her make headlines over her wild, party-girl life, always with one man or another, was more than he could take. Now that she was back with him, he intended to show her the error of his ways, and prove to her once and for all his feelings for her.
When Cut learns Emie might be involved with the death of his brother, he's horrified. Determined to get the information out of her one way or the other, he sets out to seduce her, but can he keep his heart out of the equation?
This book was a nice, quick read, with a good plot and solid characters. The sexual tension between Cut and Emie was immediate and hot, giving you a good feel for how long these feelings had been brewing. There was enough action (in and out of the bedroom) to keep me turning the pages, and the ending was a nice surprise twist I didn't see coming, which is always fun. I love it when I'm totally wrong on my guess at the end of a book.
All in all, it was a quick, easy read, and anyone who likes a little bit of suspense mixed into their romance, and wants a nice, short story, should give it a try.
Carla gives this book a
Until Emil by Gabriella Edwards
Erotic Contemporary Romance – Sept. 2010
Young Emie had a crush on Josiah “Cut” Cutler but he broke her tender heart when he rejected her. It is 7 years later and now Emie is famous for being the rich party girl. But now she is back in Texas for a wedding and to her surprise the person picking her up is none other than Cut. Emie can’t help feeling uncomfortable emotions. And Cut‘s teasing is driving her batty. But what Emie doesn’t know it that Cut wanted her, too. But he felt she was too young and his position as her father head of security made any relationship feel wrong. But he has his own security business (and no longer works for her father), plus Emie is now an adult. Cut has also been keeping tabs on Emie. Now he feels it’s time to make his ‘play’ for her and let his feeling be known. But Emie may also be a key to finding out his brother’s death and clearing his brother’s name. As he seduces her Cut wonders if she will understand his motives. Will she feel that he has used her or will she accept his feelings are real?
This story was hot. Cut is definitely a man who makes a woman feel sexy. And the author knows how to write scorching scenes. The only problem I had with the story is how quickly Emie has sex with him. I thought she might have more doubts or at least protest more since she was so hurt from his rejection in the past. I guess she seemed a little bit of a pushover and I like my heroines to be a bit spunkier. She does protest later in the story but I was hoping she would give a bit more of a fight to make Cut work for ‘it.’
Overall this was an easy read that had some very steamy scenes. Readers looking for a quick fix will enjoy it.
Reviewed by Steph form the Bookaholics Romance Book Club